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About Best of Constantia Winelands

Step back in time and visit the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere and taste some of the most famous wines ever produced in this country, enjoyed by royalty in the 18th century as well as the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Groot Constantia’s revered history tells us how a man’s love of wine established the first wine farm in South Africa, going back 330 years. The largest wine estate in the region is home to Van der Stel’s (the first Governor of the new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa) original manor house and the museum is an excellent example Cape Dutch architectural style.

Take a step back in time with a guided tour through the cellar and learn more about this rich history while enjoying a chocolate and award winning wine pairing.

The valley was the cradle of quality winemaking in South Africa and the name Constantia is linked with the most famous wines ever produced in this country. Enjoyed by Napoleon Bonaparte and royalty in the 18th century. Visit a wine estate which originally formed part of the Constantia Estate.

Eagles’ Nest is cradled in a secluded valley on the slopes of the Constantia mountain range, forming part of the World Heritage Site, Table Mountain. The farm’s origins go back to when it was used as a refreshment station between the area now known as Wynberg in the east, and the harbour of Hout Bay in the west. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of sipping on wine, under the tall trees, enjoying the relaxing sound of the babbling brook.

For your final stop you will head up the mountainside to one of the highest tasting room in the Constantia Valley. You’ll finish your tour with a view across the bay all the way to the beginning of the Helderberg mountain range.

  • Minimum stay: 1 Days

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Italian

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Non-Confirmed Bookings

Where Guests make payment of any deposit or tour fees prior to receipt of a confirmation email accepting the booking application, Guests will be entitled to be refunded in full in the event that the booking application is not accepted by an Operator and confirmed by Sideways.

Cancellations

If a tour is cancelled by a Guest or an Affiliate acting on behalf of a Guest, through no fault of Sideways or an Operator, more than 24 hours prior to its scheduled start time, Guests will remain liable to pay a cancellation fee equal to 10% of the total tour fees and charges. Guests will be entitled to be refunded the balance of any fees and charges paid in advance of the tour.

If a tour is cancelled, through no fault of Sideways or an Operator, within 24 hours of the scheduled start time, Guests will be liable for the full cost of the tour and no refunds will be issued.

No refunds, including partial refunds, will be given after the commencement of tour for any reason other than where a tour is abated or terminated through the fault of an Operator in which event a reasonable refund will be allocated to you based on the circumstances of the matter and the duration of the tour.

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Weather Conditions

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Rescheduling

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Best of Constantia Winelands is 0.8km from the centre of Constantia , the nearest airport 20.4km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Constantia

Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

(1.7 km from Constantia)

1 review

Appropriately named Buitenverwachting, which means "beyond expectations", this stunning farm is steeped in history and forms part of the original Constantia Estate which was founded by Governor Simon van der Stel. Buitenverwachting captivates with...

Eagles' Nest

(2.1 km from Constantia)

1 review

Located in a quiet valley within the Constantia mountain range, Eagles' Nest is a beautiful estate that prides itself on quality and consistency. You can sample their wine selection at the tasting centre, open all week, from 10:00 to 16:30.

Groot Constantia Estate

(0 km from Constantia)

World famous for its wines, Groot Constantia Estate is one of the earliest proclaimed wine farms in the Cape and also a National Monument and prospective UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still producing award-winning wines today, it is a magnificent...

Constantia Uitsig Cricket Oval and Pavilion

(2.1 km from Constantia)

Retrieving a six may involve something of a grapple with a grape in this little corner of Constantia Uitsig where they play cricket. Situated on the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, several hectares of lush vineyards and the Constantiaberg define the...